How to become a Car Driver

Car drivers transport passengers to their destinations.

Personal requirements of a Car Driver

  • High-level driving skills
  • Able to meet age restrictions
  • Able to work long or irregular hours
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to remain calm in difficult situations
  • Neat personal appearance

Education & Training for a Car Driver

You can work as a car driver without formal qualifications, but you will need to obtain a specific licence. To become a taxi driver, you will need to complete an approved training course. Depending on your state or territory, you may also need to pass a written examination. Contact the transport department in your state or territory for more information.

Duties & Tasks of a Car Driver

Car drivers may perform the following tasks:

  • pick up passengers at designated locations or when hailed and transport them to their desired destinations
  • use mobile computer systems and radio networks to access waiting passenger information
  • check passenger destinations and determine the most appropriate route
  • receive money or credit payments for fares and give required change
  • assist passengers with the handling of luggage
  • keep accurate records of driver shifts, income and expenses
  • arrange regular repairs, general maintenance and cleaning of vehicles.

Employment Opportunities for a Car Driver

Taxi drivers work for taxi companies or for themselves. Most taxi owners drive their own taxis and have drivers who work the other available shifts. Taxi drivers usually pay the taxi owner a rental, which can be a flat rate or a percentage of the fares received. Taxi drivers must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be registered for GST. As a taxi driver you can select your own hours or work part time to suit your lifestyle. However, the demand for taxi services varies at different times of the day and throughout the year. Chauffeurs/public hire vehicle drivers work for government departments, hotels and private hire car companies. Self-employed chauffeurs/public hire vehicle drivers are often subcontracted to private companies.

Specialisations:


Chauffeur/Public Hire Vehicle Driver

A chauffeur/public hire vehicle driver drives cars to transport personnel and visitors on behalf of hire car companies, businesses, government or other organisations. Some families employ a chauffeur and this work usually entails other duties, such as running errands. When driving dignitaries, chauffeurs/public hire vehicle drivers must be aware of, and follow, security procedures.


Taxi Driver

A taxi driver drives cars licensed as taxis to transport passengers for a fare that is calculated on a taxi meter. Taxi drivers usually work shifts, which involves day, evening and weekend work. Taxi drivers have constant contact with the public. They must provide a service that meets the standards of government regulatory authorities and the taxi network for which they drive.

Additional Information
To apply for accreditation, you must meet the requirements in your state or territory. This may include a National Police Certificate, a medical assessment and an English language competency test. To become eligible to drive a wheelchair accessible taxi, drivers may need to undertake further training in the use of special equipment and the particular needs of people in wheelchairs.
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